The Schachter Center for Complementary Medicine
The Schachter Center for Complementary Medicine is centrally located in Rockland County, New York, and has served many patients in the tri-state area. Michael B. Schacter, M.D. is the Center’s director, and he has over 35 years of experience in complementary, alternative, and integrative medicine. Dr. Schachter also has extensive experience in psychiatry and nutrition.
One of the therapies Dr. Schachter uses to help patients achieve greater health is bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. Bio-identical hormones are unique because they mimic the exact chemical and molecular structure as the hormones produced in the human body. Bio-identical hormone therapy helps to correct imbalances that can give birth to many diseases and bodily dysfunctions.
Some of the hormone related disorders that can be treated by bio-identical hormone replacement therapy include:
Age Related Hormone Decline
For women, hormones begin to decline just before and after menopause, and women can suffer from insomnia, hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, low libido, and dry skin. Men begin to experience testosterone decline in the 40’s and 50’s, and they may suffer from symptoms such as muscle atrophy, erectile dysfunction, low libido, weight gain, anxiety, and hair loss.
When a person experiences high amounts of stress, cortisol is excreted in excess amounts. The excess cortisol can exhaust the adrenal glands, and sex hormones may begin to be converted to cortisol in order to deal with stress. This can cause feelings of fatigue, a chronic sore throat, body aches, dizziness, and low blood pressure.
The thyroid gland plays a role in metabolism, and when thyroid hormone is deficient, metabolism can be slowed down and weight can accumulate. Hyperthyroid and hypothyroid can both be treated with bio-identical hormone replacement therapy to improve the symptoms.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome occurs in women of all ages, and it causes cysts, which are fluid filled sacs, to form around the ovaries. Women with PCOS have an excess of male hormones, and they can experience weight gain, unwanted body hair growth, acne, scalp hair loss, infertility, and irregular periods.
This syndrome can create symptoms such as non-refreshing sleep, muscle aches, a sore throat, decreased cognitive capabilities, fatigue after exercise, joint pain, and extreme fatigue lasting more than six months. Hormonal imbalances may influence the onset of chronic fatigue due the hormones role in balancing blood sugar and energy.
These syndromes and the symptoms associated with them can be helped with bio-identical hormone replacement therapy.
The center creates a warm and welcoming environment, and the trained professionals work together to evaluate and treat patients who have a wide variety of medical complaints and those who simply wish to optimize their health. Sophisticated biochemical testing is available to insure an individualized treatment protocol for every patient.
Using the latest advances, the clinical staff strives to uncover the underlying causes of disease and to change the physical and emotional terrain in order to establish an environment that supports the body’s natural ability to heal itself. In these ways, Dr. Shachter’s Center for Complementary Medicine has helped patients from Suffern, New York and surrounding areas to achieve healthier, fuller, and more vivacious lives.